94 Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red, The Boston Beer Co. (MA). 9% ABV (5/10)
Deep reddish copper color. Intense sour apple, sour cherry, nettle and herbal honey aromas have a yeasty edge and follow through on a crisp entry to a tart, dryish medium-to-full body with lush depth and intensity. Finishes with long tart, cinnamon cherry danish, praline and grassy hop accents. A very well-balanced, stylishly tart and sour red ale.
93 Flanders Ned Ale, Grumpy Troll Brewery (WI). 6.2% ABV (4/09)
Aromas of sour cherry jam, honeyed sourdough raisin toast and buttery praline have an appetizing yeasty edge and follow through on a round, vibrant entry to a dryish medium-to-full body with great depth and a touch of polished wood and new leather. Finishes with a hint of cocoa and hints of cherry yogurt, orange rind and pepper. A tangy, clean food friendly sour ale that is a spot-on example and good introduction to the style. Pair with rabbit or roasted duck and Brussels sprouts.